Richard Langham Smith, RCM—“Was Bizet’s Carmen really Spanish?”

Richard Langham Smith, Professor at the Royal College of Music, is a distinguished musicologist, editor of the most used performing score of the opera Carmen, and a Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres for services to French music and culture.  He will talk about the French and Spanish influences on Bizet, specifically concerning the composition of his most famous opera.

We meet in a classically-proportioned Georgian room that provides superb acoustics, good facilities, and convivial surroundings that present the perfect environment for the appreciation of wonderful music.  Our venue is situated in an historic building at the back of St Ann Street.  Access by car or on foot is from Friary Lane through green gates into a large, secure, private car park (where you can park for free). The room opens directly to the car park.

For further details, please call (01722) 330957, or email

20 April 2020 - 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Access via Friary Lane

Ticket Prices:
We are a membership organisation. Full membership for the year is £20. Guest passes for one evening are £3.

Tickets available from:
Treasurer, (01722) 330957, or on the door.


Event Contact
Ruth Barlow
(01722) 330957



Our well-established recorded music society meets regularly through the year. We are affiliated to the Federation of Recorded Music Societies (President - Julian Lloyd Webber)